2019: APPLICATION AVAILABLE April 1, 2019; DEADLINE August 1, 2019

The mission of the Children’s Home Foundation Fund, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, is to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

In accordance with this mission, funding priority will be given in the following areas:

  • Human services, especially programs which address needs for food, clothing and shelter
  • Education
  • Cultural enrichment and the arts

Funding is restricted to programs serving only disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties.  Multi-year funding requests will be considered, but may be granted conditioned upon investment return, confirmation of matching funds identified by the Grantee, and/or the availability of foundation funds (in the years following the initial year of funding).

HISTORY

  • The Children’s Home Foundation began as “The Children’s Industrial Home Association of Harrisburg, Penna.” in 1923.
  • The Home’s name was amended in 1927 to “The Children’s Home of Harrisburg”.
  • The original purpose of the Home was “the amelioration and improvement of the condition of children who are destitute and indigent”
  • The institution was operated as a home for children and as an adoption placement service for children until 1947, when the home was closed and the foundation was formed.
  • Over the intervening years, the Children’s Home Foundation has operated as a private foundation and has distributed over $500,000 to charities serving children in the tri-county area.
  • In 2017, the Children’s Home Foundation transitioned from a private foundation to a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and amended its name to The Children’s Home Foundation Fund, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

GRANT ELIGIBILITY

The Children’s Home Foundation fund, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities will make grants that serve to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. This opportunity is available to nonprofit organizations federally determined as 501(c)(3) entities. Applicants without 501(c)(3) status may engage a fiscal sponsor to administer their grant funds.  If using a fiscal sponsor, you must follow the additional “Fiscal Sponsor” instructions below.  In order to be considered eligible for future funding, grantees must provide a final grant use report to the Children’s Home Foundation Fund when all funds have been expended but no later than sixty (60) days following completion of the project. Unexpended grant funds must be returned to the Children’s Home Foundation Fund when all funds have been expended but no later than sixty (60) days following completion of the project.

SIZE OF GRANTS

Grant awards are generally between $1,500 – $6,000.

GRANT TIMELINE

This funding opportunity offers two grant application rounds per year and will follow the schedules below:

Application Deadline: August 1, 2019; This Round Is Open

  • April 1, 2019: Application available.
  • August 1, 2019: All application materials must be received by, not postmarked by, 4:00pm.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status in December 2019.
  • Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019; This Round Is Closed

  • October 1, 2018: Application available.
  • February 1, 2019:  All application materials must be received by, not postmarked by, 4:00pm.
  • Applicants will be notified of their grant status on or before June 2019.
  • Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND

  • Advertising
  • Capital campaigns
  • Direct lobbying to influence legislation or funding appropriations
  • Individuals
  • National and statewide umbrella organizations that cannot demonstrate a local presence
  • New staff positions without a substantial plan for sustainability
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Retroactive projects

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

All applicants are invited to contact Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment to discuss a proposed project or application. Applicants may also request one review of their draft application materials by Ms. Strechay prior to submission; please note that requests made later than two weeks prior to the grant submission deadline cannot be honored.  Questions are welcome at any time and  TFEC provides feedback on proposals that were not funded.

Please direct any questions you may have regarding grantmaking to Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment, at 717.236.5040 or email jstrechay@tfec.org.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

  1. All potential Grantees must apply by using and following the instructions within the Children’s Home Foundation Fund Application for Funding Cover Page and must include documentation of federal and state charitable registration.  All attachments listed within the Application for Funding Cover Page are required. Letters of support are not required but are accepted. If your project represents a partnership or is 100% dependent upon participation by an organization presented in your application, please provide a letter from each organization that confirms their agreement to participate in the project.  If using a fiscal sponsor, you must also follow the directions below under the heading “Fiscal Sponsor”.
  2. All applications for consideration must include a completed Application for Funding Cover Page. Applications without the completed cover page will not be considered. Download the Application for Funding Cover Page here:  Children’s Home Foundation 2019 Application for Funding Cover Page
  3. Completed applications must be mailed or hand delivered using the addresses below, and must be received by–not postmarked by–4pm on the respective deadline date.  Please note: This grant opportunity does not utilize the TFEC online application system and applications are to be submitted via mail or hand delivery; emailed applications will not be accepted.

FISCAL SPONSOR

The Children’s Home Foundation Fund will consider applications utilizing a Fiscal Sponsorship on a case-by-case basis.  If using a Fiscal Sponsor for your application, you must also follow the directions below:

  • Your application must include a letter signed by the Executive Leader of the organization who is acting as your Fiscal Sponsor indicating their agreement to act as your Fiscal Sponsor. An original signature is required. This letter should be submitted with your application.
  • Your organization is the applicant organization and questions on the application should include information relating to your organization and not the organization who is acting as your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • You must include the IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter of your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • You must include the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations registration of your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • Provide the 1st page or your Fiscal Sponsor’s 990; if 990 is not available, provide the most recent audit or financial statement.
  • Include the Board of Directors List for your organization AND your Fiscal Sponsor, as applicable.
  • Include the current budget from your organization AND your Fiscal Sponsor, as applicable.

The organization acting as your Fiscal Sponsor will receive notification of whether or not a grant has been awarded; if a grant is awarded they will be required to execute the Grant Agreement; and the grant funds will be sent to the Fiscal Sponsor to be allocated to your organization appropriately. Your Fiscal Sponsor will be responsible for ensuring the funds are used as indicated in the original proposal and/or grant agreement.  

MAILING ADDRESS

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, The Children’s Home Foundation Fund, Attn: Jennifer Strechay, PO Box 678,Harrisburg, PA 17108-0678

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, 200 North 3rd Street, 8th Floor, Harrisburg, PA

QUESTIONS

If you should have any questions regarding TFEC grant opportunities or your application, please contact Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment, at jstrechay@tfec.org or 717-236-5040.